The British Council’s Boys in Education Week

What are the challenges facing boys in education – and where are the opportunities for them to excel? The British Council’s second annual Boys in Education Week is designed to give the boys the support they need – including mentoring, and the possibility of a more long term project in this area. Anyway, here is the British Council’s press release. If you would like to participate in any way, do contact Kiwayne Jacobs as soon as possible.

The British Council will be presenting their second annual Boys In Education Week from 30 April – 03 May 2018, under the theme: Supporting a Nation of Champions. The week of activities is being supported by the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), whose partnership will lead off on April 30th with the Empowering Educators Day, entitled ‘Boys Can – Teachers Gender Equity Forum’. Through their “Creating Equity in Teaching and Learning” module, the JTC highlights that: “the concerns for the underperformance of boys have been expressed island-wide.”

On May 1, there will be an Empowering Parents Seminar, where participating parents will be equipped with skills to motivate their boys as they move through their secondary education.  This day will incorporate a Parenting for Success Seminar with the Hon. Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; British Council’s UK Facilitator, Dr Tony Sewell; Timar Jackson, 2014 Rhodes Scholar; and Wayne Robinson, Principal of Jamaica College.

On May 2, the focus will revolve on mentoring at least fifty boys drawn from schools across Jamaica, mentored by leaders and professionals from across the island.  The boys will actually be equipped through Workshops to engage the Core Skills, specifically creativity in achieving success, while ensuring their engagement and participation successfully in all levels of society.

Students in class at Calabar High School in Kingston. (Photo: Ian Allen/Gleaner)

The Careers Speed-Mentoring Day for boys and girls will be on May 3, 2018.  Professionals from organisations across the island will engage the boys in one-on-one sessions aimed at steering the boys towards achievable goals, engendering more confidence in their ability to contribute responsibly to society, while creating a safe space for dialogue and sharing new ideas.

The British Council in hosting the Boys Education Week intends to move towards an ensuing three years’ Boys Mentoring Programme, to be launched in September, in partnership with the Jamaica Teaching Council.  The decision to design and launch a mentoring programme for boys, is based on the feedback received from the boys themselves, during last year’s Boys in Education Week, as well as the local research done since then.

A student from Norman Manley High School engages his peers during last year’s Boys Education Week. (Photo: British Council)


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

Contact: Kiwayne Jacobs

Caribbean Media Officer

British Council

28 Trafalgar Road

Kingston 10

T + 1 876 936 0700 ext 3804, F + 1 876 936 0737 ;


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